Martha “Patsy” Bonds was buried at Black Walnut Cemetery in 1857 at age 64 and has a note on her SCCHS file as being the wife of John. Our volunteer restoration team unearthed the grave stone for her son John J. Bonds who died in 1852 at age 29. On the 1850 census, we located a John Bonds and his wife Martha, along with their 10 children: William, Angelina, Martha, Robert, Hugh, Creed, Mary, Frances, Isiah, and John J. Bonds who is buried at the cemetery near his mother.

We haven’t found an 1840 census for the family, so we don’t know when they arrived from Virginia. The youngest son we have found, Isaiah was born in Virginia in 1835, so they arrived in St. Charles County between 1835-1850. Land ownership records might help pin that date down.

After contacting the Nelson County Historical Society, their researchers located M. Spears’ marriage extract which also provided information about a potential family member.

The Bonds family seems to have left St. Charles County shortly after Patsy’s death, as the 1860 census finds John and his youngest son Isaiah living in Yellow Creek, Chariton County, MO where other children were living.

Gary Simpkins found a connection between the Bonds and Grace families. Elizabeth Grace b1841 the firstborn of Thomas J and Mary Ann Grace married Creed A Bonds in 1860 and had daughter Alice in 1861. Not long after or maybe even while his wife was pregnant Creed got his calling to join the Union Missouri Guard in the Civil War. Like so many in that war, he did not return. His probate was in February 1863.

In September 1863 Creed’s younger brother Robert P Bonds also got called into the war. Robert did return that same winter and married his brother’s widow Elizabeth in January of 1864. His quick return hinted something was wrong. He and Elizabeth went on to have two boys and a girl. Robert died about 1875, some say from his wounds from the war.
In 1877 Elizabeth married Isaac West and they moved the family to Sullivan, Mo. They had one daughter. Elizabeth died in 1906 in Sullivan.


Patsy Bonds grave stone photo by Jerry Prouhet 2021

John J Bonds grave stone photo by Jerry Prouhet 2021

Bonds family tree

1850 Census

1850 Census

1860 Census

Marriage information